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Student interns with film office

Chelsea Micinski experienced all
aspects of film production during an internship.

Lights, camera, action! That was the scene Grand Valley senior Chelsea Micinski experienced when she interned for the West Michigan Film Office.

As an intern, Micinski traveled to Los Angeles for the 2010 Locations Trade Show to pitch various West Coast production companies, hoping to convince them to shoot their films in West Michigan.

"The one thing that stuck with me from the trip to L.A. and talking to producers is that they go where the money goes," said Micinski, a film and video major. "If the (Michigan tax) incentives stick, then films will continue to come to Michigan because the incentives are the highest in the nation."

Rick Hert, West Michigan film commissioner, always kept Micinski involved in projects around the office. "The film industry is so large with many different aspects. I didn't really focus on one specific area until my experience at the WMFO," said Micinski. "My experience basically showed me that it is possible to do what you love."

Upon graduating in December, Micinski hopes to use the connections and skills acquired from classes and internships to secure a job. She hopes to stay in Michigan, and Micinski said she is focused on the production aspect of the film industry and wants to start out as an office production assistant.

by Kevin Virant

This story was filed with the tags: film, impressive internships